Lunchbox Revolution with Nutrition “Passionista” Leah Guy

Leah Guy

Now there are cool lunchboxes, hot food, cold drinks and a thousand ways to make food more appetizing for both teens and kindergarteners. Leah Guy is TV Host and nutrition “passionista”. Leah has some tasty suggestions to add fun to the average lunchbox, while sharing super ideas for providing healthy alternatives.  

Leah is a Producer, TV Host, Writer and “passionista” for inspired, lifestyle content. In 2006 she created A Girl Named Guy Productions.  Subsidiaries of AGNG Productions include the new celebrity entertainment TV and, a wellness site geared towards women. Her column, Sage Advice, is a popular offering of Leah is best known as the TV host for her unique celebrity TV show, WHO’S ON DECK, which airs nationally on RCN.  She is passionate about healthy living.  Her production company A Girl Named Guy Productions focuses on positive inspired content.

There is no need to completely reinvent the wheel. Maybe you keep the sandwich the same, but change up the bread. Or you can just put something in that is a variation of one of their favorites. Take Juicy Juice for example. Kids love their original 100 percent juice, but research shows more and more parents are diluting juice at home and losing the flavor that appeals to kids.  Now Juicy Juice has a brand new, lower sugar option called Fruitifuls. Kids are going to love the taste and moms love that it is all-natural, and has 35 percent less sugar than regular juice. There’s even a full serving of fruit in every juice box; but they don’t need to know that. So, I recommend staying with what works, but just make things look a little different. They will think they have a whole new lunchbox! It comes in four fun new flavors in convenient single-serve packaging that’s ready to go in the lunch box.

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Think about the foods you loved when you were a kid.  Remember pudding, that is pretty trade proof!  You can’t go wrong with a Snack Pack. Plus, you can feel good about it too. It is made with real milk and no preservatives, and it has as much calcium as an 8 ounce glass of milk, which is 30% of a kid’s daily recommended value. And now there are bakery-inspired flavors including Frosted Sugar Cookie, Apple Pie a la Mode and Chocolate Cupcake and more as part of their new “Bakery Shop” line of pudding. Nobody would trade those great flavors! Other than that, just know your child and think about the foods that they are going to actually eat. A lot is trial by error. Snack Pack pudding is a convenient, sweet treat that's perfect for the lunchbox or as an after-school snack.  

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We all know fresh food tastes better. When you want convenience, don’t skip the grocery store deli. Stop by the deli counter for lean and delicious JENNIE-O fresh sliced deli turkey. It's 98% fat-free, high in protein and frankly, it’s a better value than the prepackaged lunch meat! Your kids will love it and you’ll feel good about what you are serving your kids, because it’s fresh, tasty food. Plus it offers great value compared to less fresh, less tasty options that are often presliced and prepackaged.

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Cheesy Turkey Quesadilla
Makes: 4 servings

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 MANNY'S® large tortilla shells
  • 1 cup refried beans
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 3/4 pound JENNIE-O TURKEY STORE® Premium Deli Breast from the service deli
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 4 scallions, sliced
  • 4 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded
  • salsa and sour cream, if desired

Heat griddle or large skillet to 375°F. Lightly brush vegetable oil on 1 side of each tortilla shell. Turn 2 tortillas over, oil side down, and evenly divide half of the refried beans and chili powder. Place 1 tortilla with beans, oil side down on hot griddle and top with turkey, tomato, scallions, and cheddar cheese. Place second single tortilla, oil side up, onto turkey mixture. Cook until bottom is lightly browned; turn quesadilla over. Cook second side until quesadilla is browned and turkey mixture is thoroughly heated. Repeat with remaining 2 tortillas and ingredients. Cut each quesadilla into fourths and serve with salsa and sour cream, if desired.

Turkey Caesar Wraps
Makes: 4 servings     
Prep time: Under 15 minutes
Total time: More than 1 Hour


  • 4 tablespoon creamy ceasar dressing
  • 4 MANNY'S® large tortillas
  • 12 leaves romaine lettuce
  • 12 ounces JENNIE-O TURKEY STORE® Oven Roasted Turkey Breast from the service deli, sliced
  • 1 (7 ounce) jar roasted red peppers, drained and chopped
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated

Spread dressing over one side of each tortillas. Place lettuce, turkey breast, red peppers, and parmesan cheese on tortillas. Tightly roll up to secure filling.